Top 19 Bestselling Cookbooks + 11 Bestselling Kitchen Items = 30 More Great Gift Ideas


We are now less than two weeks away from Christmas (how did that happen??), and many of you may still be looking for gift ideas. I, for one, still have a lot of shopping left to get done. Eek! In this third installment of gift-related ideas (remember, there were the homemade gift ideas and the foodie wish list), I thought I would review what has been popular with the general public in terms of cookbooks and kitchen-related items. Amazon compiles bestseller lists that are updated hourly and breaks down bestselling cookbooks and kitchen products into a boat load of sub-categories. I thought it would be fun to see what the most popular items were, and thought you all would enjoy it as well. They may also give you some much-needed gift ideas too!

Although we’re closing in on crunch time the good news is that you still have some time left to do last-minute online shopping. I have included the Amazon holiday shipping calendar below and as you can see, you still have until Thursday to take advantage of the free super saver shipping, and until Sunday to have gifts shipped via standard shipping and still get them by Christmas.


Now, let’s get on to the fun stuff – kitchen toys!

The first section of bestsellers I want to talk about is cookbooks. If you’re anything like me, you may feel like you need a supportย  group based on how many books you have amassed recently. But I can’t help myself – I’m always totally transfixed by a new cookbook and will sit and read it from cover to cover. Not only do I love trying new recipes from the book but when I’m looking for ideas I often gain a lot of inspiration from combinations of ingredients or particular techniques. I’ve noted below the products that I personally own and the ones that are on my wish list. The bestseller list for cookbooks is broken down into sub-categories with the top sellers in each category listed below.

I really enjoyed browsing through the bestseller lists and found a lot of new books to add to my wish list. Not surprisingly, Julia tops the charts with the best selling books among all cookbooks – the two-book set of Mastering the Art of French Cooking. A perfect way to lead off this list…

1. Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set)
by Julia Child
(Category: General)
Julia Child brought gourmet French food into the homes of Americans who otherwise may have never been exposed to such cuisine. Nothing much needs to be said about the merits of owning these time-honored books; they should be a staple on the shelf of every home cook.

2. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
by Jeff Hertzberg MD and Zoe Francois
(Category: Baking)

3. Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
by Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine
(Category: Canning and Preserving)

4. The Flavor Bible
by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
(Category: Cooking by Ingredient)
*On my wish list!

5. Gourmet Today
by Ruth Reichl
(Category: Culinary Arts & Techniques)
*On my wish list!

6. Biggest Loser Family Cookbook by Devin Alexander
(Category: Drinks & Beverages)

7. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
(Category: Gastronomy)
*On my wish list!

8. New England Soup Factory Cookbook by Marjorie Druker and Clara Silverstein
(Category: Meals)

9. Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
(Category: Natural Foods)

10. Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook by Myra Goodman, Linda Holland and Pamela McKinstry
(Category: Organic Cooking)

11. Down Home with the Neelys: A Southern Family Cookbook by Patrick Neely and Gina Neely
(Category: Outdoor Cooking)

12. Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker: Recipes for Entertaining by Beth Hensperger
(Category: Professional Cooking)

13. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
(Category: Quick & Easy)
*I own this and it is one of the best reference cookbooks to have. Anything you can think of that you’d want to make is included with clear explanations and instructions.

14. Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking by Julia Child
(Category: Reference)
*On my wish list!

15. The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond
(Category: Regional & International)
*On my wish list! You can’t be a food blogger and not want to cook the same cowboy food that Ree does!

16. Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking by Stephanie O’Dea
(Category: Special Appliances)

17. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
(Category: Special Diets)

18. Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook by Paula Deen
(Category: Special Occasions)

19. So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week by Ellie Krieger
(Category: Vegetables & Vegetarian)


Next up are all of the awesome kitchen items that people shopping on Amazon have been snatching up. Just like the cookbooks, the Kitchen and Dining section is broken down into sub-categories and the products you see below are the bestsellers for each of those categories. There are a lot of great finds in the list, and it seems that one theme is apparent – people love their wine! As I did above, I’ll note below the items that I’ve had personal experience with and those that I want too!

20. Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator
(Category: Bar Tools & Glasses)

21. Keurig Gourmet Single-Cup Home Brewing System
(Category: Coffee, Tea & Espresso)
*My sister has the Braun version of this type of coffee maker and it really is awesome. I don’t drink much coffee but you can buy the disks for different types of tea and hot chocolate. Very cool!

22. Oster Electric Wine-Bottle Opener
(Category: Cook’s Tools & Gadgets)

23. Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet
(Category: Cookware & Baking)
*I own this exact skillet and believe that everyone else should too. Cast iron is great for cooking everything from eggs to steak. And at only $20, it’s a steal!

24. Victorinox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
(Category: Cutlery)

25. Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt
(Category: Kitchen & Table Linens)
*A must-have accessory to any cast iron pans with handles (like the one shown above). The handles can get pretty hot and you don’t want to forget and grab one. Seared palms will certainly put a damper on your dinner party!

26. BeerTender from Heineken and Krups Home Beer-Tap System
(Category: Large Appliances)
*My Chief Culinary Consultant just bought this and we haven’t used it yet, but it seems like a super cool thing to have. It’s also a steal right now, as when we first started seeing it in stores earlier this year it was $300!

27. Presto PopLite Hot Air Corn Popper
(Category: Small Appliances)
*I’d love to have an air popper as a fresh alternative to microwave popcorn.

28. DCI I Am Not a Paper Cup 10-Ounce Porcelain Travel Cup with Lid
(Category: Tableware)

29. Black & Decker Pivoting-Nose Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
(Category: Vacuums, Cleaning & Storage)

30. Oster Inspire Electric Wine Opener with Wine Chiller
(Category: Wine Accessories)



22 Responses to “Top 19 Bestselling Cookbooks + 11 Bestselling Kitchen Items = 30 More Great Gift Ideas”

  1. Neel | Learn Food Photography on December 16, 2009 at 7:17 am

    AAha!!! what a great list. And thank you for a great timing. (I am still doing some holiday shopping ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    Thank you for lots and lots of ideas on gifts… This will be helpful not just in the holiday season, but also in various occasions next year.


  2. Meghan on December 16, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for this great comprehensive list! I saw several items that my sister had on her Amazon “wish list” ๐Ÿ™‚ I am expecting some Amazon gift cards so now I know what to get! I have been wanting a cast iron skillet for a long time; I’m glad to see your recommendation.


  3. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on December 16, 2009 at 9:55 am

    A great idea to come up with the list! Lots of people are going to find this very useful!!


  4. Jenn on December 16, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I agree, Pollan’s books are great – and everyone should read Omnivore’s Dilemma – that book seriously changed so much about my perspective on food.


  5. Mary Poppins in Heels on December 16, 2009 at 11:58 am

    What a perfect list! I want one of each…please…


  6. Eliana on December 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    what a great list of books – i’ll have one of everything please ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Suzanne on December 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Glad the Lodge pan got a good review from you. There is one under the tree at this very moment for DH.

    On the cookbook list..get PW’s book. Cowboy food makes everyone happy. My copy just arrived last week and it’s already dog eared!.


  8. Marcia on December 16, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve been using the Vinturi Wine Aerator for several years now…it’s the best invention that’s come on the market in ages!

    Really makes a significant difference in the smoothness and overall taste of any wine!


  9. Kat on December 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I was seriously jonesing for the “I’m not a paper cup” until I saw one in the store. The silicon lid wasn’t tight at all, and seemed like a big accident waiting to happen. I did like the height–it was short enough to fit under the frother of my espresso maker that I use every morning. Plus, it was wide enough that it would hold enough latte to keep me going. But no way would I buy one of these without testing the lid first!


  10. Married to an Aussie in OK on December 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I need to get my husband the TapMaster, and *I* want some of the cookbooks! I have a serious weakness for cookbooks…


  11. Taryn on December 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    LOVE all your ideas – but I’m pretty much browsing and thinking of only gifts for myself. Selfish, selfish GIRL! I met Ree and between me, my sister and my mom, we bought 9 of her cookbooks. I highly recommend. If cooking her stuff makes me look like her, then I’m gonna get after it! PS – I’m nervous about dipping my toe in the water of Julia Child – is cooking her stuff really as hard as it seemed in the movie?!?


  12. Pam on December 17, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Wow, what a great way to start the perfect kitchen…I will take one of each too please…lol!!



  13. Cookin' Canuck on December 17, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Great list of books and gadgets! I have the Artisan Breads and Flavor Bible books on my list.


  14. Megan on December 18, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I love my Keurig brewer. I had the regular one for a few years and got the Breville one for Christmas last year. It always brews the perfect cup!

    Great recommendations. The Flavor Bible is on my wish list too!


  15. Natalie on December 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    The skillet is the most used thing in my kitchen (besides my chef’s knive)! It makes great pan style pizza and flat breads.

    And the Omnivore’s Dilemma CHANGED MY LIFE. It you eat food you should be required to read it. Michael Pollan’s IN Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto is pretty good too!


  16. wasabi prime on December 21, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Oh, that Flavor Bible sounds amazing. I’ll have to give that one a peek when the holidays are over!


  17. stephchows on December 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    so many good ideas!


  18. Mary Poppins in Heels on December 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I hope you had a great Christmas. Now, back to work–I miss your posts!


  19. Delia Downing on December 28, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Here in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, these are the top selling cookbooks. Well worth a look too.


  20. Luigi Fulk on February 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Me and my husband used lots of different wine openers throughout the years. From classic corkscrew, which is really hard to use for petite people like me, to electric wine opener, which seems great at first, however it’s not as practical as it might seem. We decided that the best is Houdini Wine Opener. It has really easy learning curve and what’s most important it’s cheap and does what it has to do: removes corks.


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